Workshop 15: Optimizing wind turbines with lidar-assisted control using sys...

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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Hadley Room, 10th Floor

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Workshop 15 is organized by IEA Wind Task 32 in collaboration with IEA Wind Task 37.

The goal of IEA Wind Task 32 is to identify and mitigate barriers to the use of wind lidar for wind energy applications including site assessment, power performance testing, loads and control, and measurements in complex flow. Within the topic of loads and control, Task 32 has been active in mitigating barriers to the use of lidar-assisted wind turbine control.

The purpose of IEA Wind Task 37 is to coordinate international research activities to analyze wind power plants as holistic systems. Through the development of analysis tools and reference models, Task 37 advances systems engineering methods for reducing the levelized cost of energy of wind energy projects.

Lidar-assisted control (LAC) is effective at reducing structural loads on wind turbines, which has been demonstrated through simulation as well as field testing. However, it is difficult to determine the reduction in cost-of-energy that can be achieved through the use of LAC, especially because of the additional costs associated with integrating lidar hardware into the turbine design. Furthermore, LAC is often analyzed using existing turbine designs. Systems engineering presents an opportunity to directly include the use of LAC during the turbine design process to optimize the levelized cost-of-energy. The aim of this workshop is to combine the experience in lidar-assisted controller design and modeling from Task 32 with the knowledge of systems engineering analysis using reference wind turbine models from Task 37 to show how wind turbines can be optimized with LAC.


The primary objective of the workshop is to identify a process for determining the reduction in cost-of-energy made possible by LAC. This objective can be divided into the following steps:

  1. To identify models and simulation capabilities that need to be established to include LAC in the wind turbine optimization process
  2. To identify reference wind turbine models and controllers that can be used to quantify the benefits of LAC
  3. To propose a process for optimizing a reference wind turbine and baseline controller using LAC
  4. To discuss opportunities to further collaborate on the proposed wind turbine optimization research


The workshop is split into six main sessions:

  1. Educational Session: Understanding LAC and systems engineering
  2. Presentations on the benefits of LAC
  3. Discussion of models needed to include LAC in the wind turbine optimization process
  4. Presentations on wind turbine optimization using systems engineering
  5. Discussion of methods for optimizing wind turbines with LAC
  6. Development of a research plan for optimizing wind turbines with LAC

Expected Outcome

The outcome of the workshop will be

  1. An exchange of experience in wind turbine optimization with systems engineering and LAC
  2. Initiation of a working group to write a white paper containing a roadmap for including LAC in the optimization of the cost-of-energy of wind turbines
  3. Identification of opportunities to pursue further research on wind turbine optimization with LAC

Expected Participants

  • Wind turbine manufacturers
  • Lidar manufacturers
  • Consultants
  • Researchers
  • Academics


The agenda is available at

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The workshop will take place at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The workshop will be held in the Hadley Room on the 10th floor of the Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003, USA.

The workshop follows the NAWEA/WindTech 2019 conference, which will held from 14th - 16th October, also at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Additional information about the workshop venue, including transportation and lodging information, will be available on the NAWEA/WindTech 2019 website.


Please register by 15 September 2019 using the button on the top right of this page!

After you register, please send us one slide by October 7 with your experience in systems engineering and/or lidar-assisted control and your expectation for the workshop. The slide will be used for the introduction round and uploaded to our website. An example from a previous workshop can be found here. The slides and other material will be available after the workshop on a password-protected website. Please send your slide in PDF format to Eric Simley.

Late registration is possible in exceptional circumstances. Please contact the workshop leader for details.

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What is IEA Wind Task 32?

IEA Wind Task 32 works to identify and mitigate barriers to the use of wind lidar technology in wind energy applications such as site assessment, power performance, loads and control, and complex flow. We have written reports and peer-reviewed papers, held Round-Robin comparisons, produced Recommended Practices and worked with many organizations in academia, government, and industry.

We use workshops to make progress on specific themes and also find out from each other what still needs to be done. In the six years that the Task has been active, more than 400 people from 15 countries have taken part in about 20 meetings that have led to significant advances in the adoption of wind lidar.

What is IEA Wind Task 37?

The purpose of IEA Wind TCP Task 37 is to coordinate international research activities to analyze wind power plants as holistic systems. To fully assess how a change or uncertainty in a design parameter affects the myriad of objectives in system performance and cost, a holistic and integrated approach is needed. Integrated systems research, design and development (R,D&D) can provide opportunities to improve overall system performance and reduce the levelized cost of energy.

Workshop Organizers

This workshop is being led by Eric Simley (NREL) and Pietro Bortolotti (NREL) with support from the organization team of Katherine Dykes (DTU Wind Energy), Holger Fürst (SWE), David Schlipf (WETI), and Andy Scholbrock (NREL).


Please contact Eric Simley (Task 32 workshop leader), Pietro Bortolotti (Task 37 workshop leader), or David Schlipf (IEA Wind Task 32 Co-Operating Agent) with any questions you may have about the workshop.

Who Can Attend

This meeting is limited to participants from countries in Task 32 or countries in Task 37. If your country is not amember of either Task, please get in touch to discuss attending this workshop as a guest.

Is This Workshop For Me?

This workshop topic is relevant for wind turbine controls engineers, those who work with nacelle lidars (especially for control applications), and systems engineers interested in optimizing the levelized cost of energy of wind turbines. Wind turbine manufacturers, lidar suppliers, researchers, and consultants are expected to participate in the workshop.

How Will My Data Be Used?

By registering through Eventbrite you agree to Eventbrite's terms and conditions. During the registration process you will be asked to agree to Task 32 and the workshop organizer using your email address to send you emails relating to this workshop and other Task 32 events that might be of interest. You will be given the chance to confirm your subscription to our emailing service and to unsubscribe. If this is not acceptable to you, please get in touch.

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